Saturday, June 30, 2018

My Review Of "Dead House"


From Wild Eye Releasing, "Dead House" is directed by Amerigo Brini. It stars Danny Cutler,  Alex Lucchesi and Alex Southern. The film is a dark, brutal assault that brings all the horror, psychological - visceral - intense horror from start to finish.

A group of thieves have the tables turned on them during a home invasion. Hidden in the basement they find the remains of secret viral lab experiments gone savagely wrong. Now they must escape before they are infected with a new strain of virus that turns its victims into mutated psychopaths.

The story is modern melding of genre shock horror and classic giallo that works almost always when told by Eurocentric storytellers. It brings in the darkest natures of man on multiple level, cruelty and dark sinister intent. In this case the nature of nightmare science unchecked. A really good mix of two common concepts told with originality. Reminds me of 2010's Devil's Playground with a heavy dose of "Hate Crime" thrown in.

The special effects are awesome and filled with gore. Practical techniques dominate the visceral, bloody death scenes in giallo goodness. Creature design and makeup equal any found on The Walking Dead but stay within indie purity- modest, proud zombies and creature styles done without being overdone or digitally enhanced post production.

Overall "Dead House" offers a good time for horror fans. Organic upscale indie performances rich in dark, intense scenes. Violent, practical gory moments. Plenty of energy and horror from the beginning right up to the very end. (4/5)




My Review Of "Inferno: Skyscraper Escape"


Action Disaster flick "Inferno : Skyscraper Escape" is directed Eric Summer and stars Claire ForlaniJamie BamberRiley JacksonIsaac Rouseand Nigel Barber. The film blends drama, disaster and heart centering around a family both in personal crisis and physical danger with basic cable - microbudget special  effects.

Disaster strikes a downtown skyscraper when a gas leak causes a ferocious explosion setting ablaze the towering mass of metal and glass. On the 20th floor Brianna and Tom, a couple in the middle of a divorce settlement, are forced to work together to help save their two children, Anne and Ben, who are both trapped in the building’s elevator hovering 20 stories above ground. Together Brianna and Tom must fight to stay alive while teaming up to save their children and escape the towering inferno.

The story lacks originality and follows well established tropes with villainous corporate types, wholesome archetypes and just-add-wickedness mayhem. A real Syfy ready summer flick.  The one positive and strong exception to this slightly mundane premise is the female lead of Supergirl/Wonder Woman heroine-ness of Claire Forlani'mother/professional character. Sadly the miss use of Jamie Bamber was a obvious disappointment, to equal Forlani.

The special effects are the typical display of scaled-down practical tricks that one expects from this level of disaster movie blended with lower budgeted CGI effects. This doesn't mean that the film is bad or cheap,  just didn't want to equate "Inferno: Skyscraper Escape" to the Syfy channel, but yeah this one would work beautifully on their lineup. The effect have ample quality and impact with only a mild drop in CGI quality.

Overall the movie gives a straight-to-Redbox,  low budget performance that works as far as action entertainment value for fans of microbudget disaster/action flicks. There is a strong female lead that plays to the heart of the story. There is some superbad acting and some melodrama that falls flat but for what it is,  "Inferno: Skyscraper Escape" is a decent flick that should satisfy fans of this type film. (2.5/5)

New Trailer Released For "The Domestics"

A new trailer has been released for post-apocalyptic thriller "The Domestics". The film is directed by Mike P. Nelson and stars Kate Bosworth and Tyler Hoechlin. "The Domestics" out now theatrically and on VOD, and co-stars Lance Reddick, Sonoya Mizuno, Dana Gourrier, Thomas Francis Murphy, David Dastmalchian.




In the future, a young couple must travel through a gang-ravaged and post-apocalyptic countryside in an attempt to get home.



First Images Released For "Heretiks"


The first images have been released for Paul Hyett's new nightmare "Heretiks". The "Howl" director is set to premier this new horror at this year's Frightfest. Marcia Do Vales of Spain’s EnMar Productions and Michael Riley of the UK’s Sterling Pictures produced. Lyndon Baldock executive produced for Templeheart Films. "Heretiks" stars Michael IronsideClare Higgins, and Hannah Arterton.

In the early 17th century, innocent young Persephone is falsely accused and put on trial for her life. Her fate seems sealed except for the timely intervention of the mysterious Reverend Mother offering her not just sanctuary, but hope. For the Reverend Mother is the self-appointed leader of a small religious retreat, a secluded Priory, where her fellow Sisters devote their lives to the Lord and seek atonement for their pasts. But upon arrival, Persephone is plagued with terrifying visions and soon realizes that it’s not salvation that awaits but a battle for her very soul itself.




First Poster Teases Third Installment To "Unbreakable" Trilogy

The first official poster has been released giving us our first big tease to M. Night Shyamalan'a "Glass" . The film is the third installment to his "Unbreakable" trilogy. It doesn't land in theatres until January 2019.


From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast.
Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
This riveting culmination of his worldwide blockbusters will be produced by Shyamalan and Jason Blum, who also produced the writer/director’s previous two films for Universal. They produce again with Ashwin Rajan and Marc Bienstock, and Steven Schneider, who will executive produce.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Samuel Goldwyn Films Presents Xavier Gens’ Sci-fi Horror "Cold Skin"



Samuel Goldwyn Films is set to release Xavier Gens’ (The Divide, 2011) Cold
Skin, this September. The film was acquired by Samuel Goldwyn Films earlier this year, for distribution throughout North America. Influenced by H.P. Lovecraft’s work on
The Shadow Over Innsmouth, Cold Skin centrally stars: Ray Stevenson (“Black Sails”) David Oakes (“The Living and the Dead”) and Aura Garrido (The Body).


This fantasy feature will be available on several platforms: Digital, On-demand and in theatres - in just a few weeks. And now, the film’s exciting theatrical trailer and official film poster are available here.



The film’s story begins with a reclusive lighthouse keeper (Stevenson). When a weather observer (Oakes) lands on the isolated island, he is forced to confront the island’s original natives. Together, these two men must work together as a nightmare emerges every night, from the nearby shoreline.




Cold Skin was developed from Albert Sánchez Piñol’s 2007 novel. Writer Jesus Como (28 Weeks Later) and Eron Sheean have developed the screenplay. Now, fans of fantasy and horror can see more of their work and of Cold Skin as the film nears its September 7th release date. This title’s North American trailer and poster provide a closer look at what lays in wait for the isolated characters within Cold Skin!

July Release Announced For "A.I. Tales"


"A.I. Tales" will premiere at Black Box Theater in Los Angeles, July 13-19th, and on Amazon. "A.I. Tales", a collection of short sci-fi stories from short film distributor Hewes Pictures is being released theatrically by Freedom Cinema, a jumpstart anthology film label.  The collection of stories feature world-renowned talent such as Pom Klementieff ("Guardians of the Galaxy", "Avengers"), Eric Roberts ("The Dark Knight"), Neil Jackson ("Westworld") among many others.







The film is made up of futuristic, high concept stories about artificial intelligence. Whether it's love found in time of over-population or exploration of the unknown and space-travel, "A.I. Tales" has a bit of something for every fan of the genre. Altogether, these stories provide a one-of-a-kind experience and a unique view of the near future.

Titles include: SEED by Nelson Lee, IN/FINITE by Kristen Hilkert, PHOENIX 9 by Amir Reichart and REDUX by Vitaly Verlov.



New Trailer Released For "Summer Of '84"

Check out the new trailer for upcoming horror "Summer Of '84". The film hits selective theatres August 10th. It stars Rich Sommer, Tiera Skovbye alongside Graham VerchereJudah LewisCaleb Emery, and Cory Gruter-Andrew.


The perfect time to be 15 years old and free. But when neighborhood conspiracy theorist Davey Armstrong begins to suspect his police officer neighbor might be the serial killer all over the local news, he and his three best friends begin an investigation that soon turns dangerous.

First Look And Details For "Tales From The Hood 2"

The first images and details have been released for long anticipated and much heralded horror sequel "Tales From The Hood 2". The goods come courtesy of Fantasia where the film is set to make its world premiere. "Tales From The Hood 2" reunites executive producer Spike Lee and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott.





Keith David stars as a contemporary Mr. Simms to tell bloodcurdling stories about lust, greed, pride, and politics through tales with demonic dolls, possessed psychics, vengeful vixens and historical ghosts.Mr. Simms’s haunting stories will make you laugh… while you scream 

Trailer And Poster For "LIFECHANGER"


FANTASIA/FRIGHTFEST 2018:
Trailer & Poster for LIFECHANGER
World premieres at Fantasia Film Festival July 20th, then plays Frightfest in August


 The trailer and first poster for the upcoming horror film LIFECHANGER have newly been released online. The film will have a World Premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia Film Festival on July 20th, then an International Premiere at London’s Frightfest the following month (on Aug. 25th & 26th). Directed by Justin McConnell (Broken MileSkull World), the film follows “a murderous shape-shifter on a blood-soaked mission to make things right with the woman he loves”. The film stars Lora Burke (from the Fantasia award-winning Poor Agnes), Jack Foley, Elitsa Bako (Antiviral), Sam James White (Trailer Park Boys), Rachel Vanduzer, Steve Kasan and Bill Oberst Jr. (3 From Hell).

The film was produced by companies Unstable Ground and Federgreen Entertainment, in association with 9 Light Entertainment. Uncork’d Entertainment handle US distribution, while Raven Banner will release the film in Canada, and represent the film internationally.
Avi Federgreen (One WeekStill Mine) and McConnell produced. Rounding out the above-the-line team are executive producers Keith Leopard of Uncork’d, Michael Paszt, James Fler and Andrew Hunt of Raven Banner, Pasha Patriki of 9 Light Entertainment, and Marvin Waxman. Additionally, George Mihalka (My Bloody Valentine), Adam Mason (HangmanThe Devil’s Chair) and Serena Whitney (Do You See What I See?) are onboard as consulting producers, while Laura Tremblay is an associate producer.

Hulu Picks Up “BEACH MASSACRE AT KILL DEVIL HILLS”


HULU LICENSES “BEACH MASSACRE AT KILL DEVIL HILLS” STARRING FORMER PENTHOUSE ‘PET OF THE YEAR’ TAYA PARKER

Joshua K. Carpenter, Head of Global Acquisition & Sales of Green Apple Entertainment today announced Hulu has licensed “Beach Massacre at Kill Devil Hills” starring former Penthouse ‘Pet of the Year’ Taya Parker, along with indie horror scream queens Elissa Dowling and Sarah French. The scheduled live date is August 1, 2018. Created by No One Left Behind Productions and Wicked Monkey Productions, the film was directed by Lawrence W. Nelson II, written and produced by Lawrence W. Nelson II and John Saunders.


Synopsis: “When Stacy’s (Taya Parker) abusive ex-husband Jason (Ryan Izay) gets out of prison she decides to take their daughter Lizzie (Chalet Lizette Brannan) and her four best friends to her parent’s beach house. Soon their peaceful plans turn into a nightmare. Who will survive the night?.”

Starring: Taya Parker, Diana Prince, Rudy Reyes, Chalet Lizette Brannan, Elissa Dowling, Sarah French, Dawna Lee Heising, Christina Schimmel, Tracy Ashbourne, Deborah Funes, and Ryan Izay

'The Purge' Series TV Spot


The first TV spot has been unleash for upcoming spinoff series 'The Purge' which airs a month after "The First Purge" hits theatres. The 10 episode series will simulcast both the premier and finale on USA network and Syfy channel September 4th,  with USA being the parent channel. Anthony Hemingway directs the premiere episode of the series which stars Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Jessica Garza, Amanda Warren, Colin Woodell, Hannah Anderson, Lee Tergesen, William Baldwin, and Fiona Dourif.

A 12-hour period when all crime, including murder, is legal. Set in an altered America ruled by a totalitarian political party, the series follows several seemingly unrelated characters living in a small city. As the clock winds down, each character is forced to reckon with their past as they discover how far they will go to survive the night.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

New Trailer Released For "The House With A Clock In Its Walls"


A new trailer has been released for Eli Roth's new project "The House With A Clock In Its Wall". Jack BlackCate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Renée Elise GoldsberrySunny Suljic, and Kyle MacLachlan. It will be released by Universal Pictures on September 21, 2018.

 Lewis always wanted to live in a house like Uncle Jonathan’s — full of marble fireplaces and secret passageways and dozens of unused, unexplored rooms. And living with Uncle Jonathan, a real wizard, was full of fun and surprises.


But while Uncle Jonathan practiced funny and comfortable white magic, the original owner of the old house, Isaac Izard, had been an evil sorcerer. Isaac Izard had devised a plan for bringing about the end of the world. Somewhere in the walls of the house he had hidden a clock. Every night Lewis and Uncle Jonathan could hear it ticking — sometimes loud, sometimes soft — marking off the minutes until doomsday.

Lewis knew they had to find the clock before it was too late. Then he decided to dabble in a little magic of his own, and their time almost ran out.

Crowd Funding Starts For "Jesus Christ Motherf*cker"


A film 2000 years in the making! Jesus is back... with a vengeance! Framed, nailed to a chunk of wood, and left for dead, Jesus needs YOUR help to get payback. It's the second coming that no one saw coming. You've seen the Passion of the Christ... now prepare for his Fury!

"I'm Johnny Macabre. I produce indie horror films. Films like Crepitus, the upcoming Dark Heart of Jason Voorhees documentary, and Don't Fuck in the Woods 1 & 2. I am super excited to say that my next film I am producing is one 2000 years in the making! Jesus Christ Motherfucker is a black comedy for those that can take a joke."

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/jesus-christ-motherf-cker-horror#/

July Release For Bradford Baruh's "Dead Night"


With genre icon Barbara Crampton as lead actress, Dark Sky Films is proud to announce the theatrical and VOD release of Bradford Baruh’s directorial debut, DEAD NIGHT. The film hits theaters and digital/VOD on July 27th. 
Film Synopsis: James and his wife Casey load up their two teenage kids and head out to a remote cabin in Oregon for a weekend trip. When James heads into the snowy forest in search of firewood, he encounters an enigmatic woman passed out in the snow. Bringing her back to the cabin for help, the family has no way of knowing that the woman’s presence is the catalyst for a series of events that will change their lives forever.
“A breath of fresh air…This is a Barbara Crampton we’ve never seen before… watching her play quirky, barely-contained evil is a delight.”  – BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH
“A truly twisted tale.” – AUSTIN 360
“Crampton’s villainous turn is so great..” – MODERN HORRORS

UK Release Details For "Incident In The Ghostland"

Pascal Laugier's latest horror film "Incident In The Ghostland" has a shelf date set for UK fans. After the film premieres at Arrow Video FrightFest in August it will hit shelves that following September 3rd on DVD/Blu-ray.


From director Pascal Laugier, who in 2008 shocked audiences around the world with his gruelling genre game-changer Martyrs, comes Incident in a Ghostland – a terrifying excursion into abject horror filled with creepy antique dolls, murderous maniacs and thrilling jump scares.
The subject of a brutal home invasion along with her mother and sister several years ago, horror novelist Beth has found solace in her writing – detailing the harrowing ordeal in her latest book, “Incident in a Ghostland”. But when she receives a call from her sister Vera, apparently in a state of extreme distress, Beth is prompted to return to the isolated family home where the terrifying truth of that awful night soon begins to unravel…
Combining the intensity of Martyrs with the spine-tingling chills of his later The Tall Man, Incident in a Ghostland confirms director Pascal Laugier’s status as a fully-fledged master of horror, having scooped up numerous awards on the film festival circuit and now finding its rightful home on DVD with Arrow Video.

Screening Of "Muerte: Tales Of Horror" In San Antonio


San Antonio theater screening of Muerte: Tales of Horror Presented by Blue Moon Brewing Co., Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at 2pm cst at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – Park North, 618 Northwest Loop 410.

Come and join us for a fun event. We will not only be screening the movie but immediately after we will also have a Q&A with director, Christopher Ambriz, producer Louis Alvarado and some of the cast and crew from the film.
A limited amount of tickets will go on sale Friday, June 29th, 2018 online at www.ticketbud.com The ticket price per ticket is $7 + Sales tax & Service charge. We expect this event to sell out so get your tickets quickly. You can also visit our Facebook page for up-to-date information on this event.

30th Anniversary Reunion Screening Of "They Live"


HOLLYWOOD HORRORFEST (HHF) is honoring the genius of filmmaker John Carpenter with a special They Live 30th birthday bash, a fundraising benefit for the Vincent Price Art Museum (VPAM), Friday, July 27 at Mayflower Club in North Hollywood, California.

The world’s only 30th anniversary reunion screening and live concert for Carpenter’s beloved and timely 1988 thriller will kick off with electronic music legend Alan Howarth receiving the IMPACT Award, followed by a live musical concert of Carpenter classics They Live, Halloween, Big Trouble in Little China and Escape from New York.



 

"The blues score from They Live is now used as an iconic representation of modern Los Angeles,” said Howarth. "With the film, John Carpenter eerily and accurately predicted the cardboard cities that are now downtown.”

Howarth is the second-ever recipient of the festival’s prestigious IMPACT Award (previously awarded to actor Dick Miller), given in recognition of a body of work that’s positively impacted the horror genre. His work as a composer and sound designer includes such classics as Poltergeist, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Hunt for Red October, Coppola’s Dracula, Total Recall and Stargate.
 
"I'm honored to be getting the award from Hollywood Horrorfest; I’ve got a body of work going back 40 years, including my work with John as well as being sound designer on Star Trek 1 thru 6,” said Howarth, who is currently available for media interviews. “Thirty years ago, I never thought we'd still be playing this music and it's a thrill to do it today.” 

They Live will screen immediately following the concert, as well as a Q&A with Howarth, actor Peter Jason (who plays the leader of the resistance) and several other very special guests (TBA), moderated by horror journalist Pat Jankiewicz.
 
“As word gets around we find more guests want to be part of this amazing celebration,” said HHF Director Miles Flanagan. “Be prepared for some very special announcements in the coming weeks.”


The fundraiser will feature They Live-themed raffles, with special prizes courtesy of 8BitZombie.com and Trick or Treat Studios, which include deluxe They Live rubber masks, Hoffmann Lenses, They Live stickers & bubble gum and ultra-cool shades; the party will include a live DJ spinning Carpenter/Howarth classics, cosplayers, photo ops, horror memorabilia vendors, food & snacks and a full bar.
 
“Believe it or not, this is the world's only They Live 30th Anniversary Event, so miss it at your peril,” said Flanagan. “We’ve put a lot of love into this event as They Live deserves a big birthday bash; its fan base just keeps on growing, as does the film’s relevancy. It’s just such a unique film.

Flanagan added that “it’s hard to have a fun event like this in a cinema, so we decided to find a more theatrical venue - one that accommodates a live concert, film screening, vendors and a bar for socializing, all in one great space. The only downside is that seating is very limited for this exclusive evening, so I definitely recommend getting your tickets early. Dress accordingly, wear sunglasses after dark… and don’t forget your bubblegum.”
 
The Mayflower Club is located at 11110 Victory Boulevard, N. Hollywood, CA 91606. Doors open 6.00pm and tickets are available at https://theylive30brownpapertickets.com. Tickets are very limited; once they sell out online there will be none available at the door.


 
MEDIA CONTACTS:
Miles Flanagan
HOLLYWOOD HORRORFEST 2018
www.hollywoodhorrorfest.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

U.S. Trailer For Anthony Scott Burns’ Film "OUR HOUSE"


IFC Midnight just released the U.S. trailer for Anthony Scott Burns’ film OUR HOUSE. The film will be having its world premiere at the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal on July 22.  Showtimes and further details will be available when Fantasia announces their complete 2018 lineup and schedule tomorrow.

A machine that can bring back dead loved ones seems like a great idea…until you unleash the wrong spirits. When his parents are killed in a car accident, science wiz Ethan (Thomas Mann) must leave behind college and his girlfriend (Nicola Peltz) to care for his younger brother and sister. By day, he juggles the responsibilities of raising two kids; by night, he tinkers in the garage on an invention he hopes will change the world: a machine that can generate wireless electricity. He gets more than he bargained for, however, when the device awakens the dead souls that haunt the house. As Ethan and his siblings attempt to make contact with their parents, a horrifying realization sets in: not all the spirits in their midst may be friendly. This hair-raising science-fiction ghost story is a nightmare journey into a past that refuses to stay dead and buried.

Release Details Announced For "Perfect Obedience"


Artsploitation Films has announced that it will release 2014's "Perfect Obedience" on DVD and Blu-ray. The film is directed by Luis Urquiza and is based on true events. Check out the trailer below. "Perfect Obedience" hits shelves July 10th.

Based on true events, the film is set in 1960s Mexico and follows the impressionable 13-year-old Julian as he enters a seminary. A seminary whose code of conduct is the complete unquestioning obedience to authority. The boy soon becomes the target of desire for the seminary’s charismatic head who takes the boy under his wings. But instead of religious training, Julian soon realizes he must obey the older priest’s every command. A lurid tale told in deceptively pop, and at times even humorous, fashion.





Terror Strikes In Wicked Clip For "Big Legend"


"Big Legend" is an upcoming creature feature that tackles the king of monster legends, Bigfoot. The film is directed by Justin Lee and stars Kevin Makely, Todd A. Robinson, Amanda Wyss, Lance Henriksen, and Adrienne Barbeau. "Big Legend" is gearing up for its July 3rd release with a terrifying clip.

Following the trail of his missing fiancée, one man finds more than he bargained for when teaming up with a local hunter who has his eyes set on the ultimate prize: finding Bigfoot.

First Look At 'A Discovery Of Witches'

Check out the first look clip of upcoming television series 'A Discovery Of Witches'. The series is based on best-selling bookso of same name and stars "Lights Out" actor Teresa Palmer and "Stoker" Matthew Goode. A Discovery of Witches” will premiere on Sky One in the U.K. later this year.


Diana Bishop, historian and witch, accesses Ashmole 782 and knows she must solve its mysteries. She is offered help by the enigmatic Matthew Clairmont, but he’s a vampire and witches should never trust vampires.

Trailer Released For "Memento Mori"

Check out the trailer for upcoming psychological horror "Memento Mori". The film is directed by Michael Vermaercke, his feature film debut. It stars Charlotte De Wulf, Felix Meyer, Bram Verracas, Tine Roggaman and Aaron Roggaman.


Memento Mori is a psychological thriller focusing on a teenage girl in a coma as she relives the events that led to her trauma.


 

Trailer Arrives For Nicolas Cage's Upcoming Horror "Mandy"


The official trailer for upcoming horror "Mandy", starring Nicolas Cage, has arrived. The film co-stars Andrea Riseborough, Linus Roache, Ned Dennehy, Olwen Fouéré, Richard Brake, and Bill Duke. "Mandy" is directed by Panos Cosmatos and hits theatres September 14th.

Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.



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